Two soldiers paid the ultimate price of death, while 7 others were wounded as troops of 119 Task Force Battalion stationed in Kangarwa northern Borno State successfully repelled an attack by Boko Haram terrorists in a surprise ambush action, the Nigerian Army said on Tuesday evening.
This is just as the troops slaughtered several fighters of the ferocious Islamic death cult, during hours of sporadic shootouts on Tuesday night.
A statement issued by the spokesman of the Nigeria Army, Colonel Sani Usman, read:
“Troops of 119 Task Force Battalion stationed in Kangarwa northern Borno State, have successfully repelled an attack by Boko Haram terrorists Tuesday evening.
“The attack which started at about 6.30pm, was successfully repelled after about 3 hours of exchange of heavy gunfire that inflicted tremendous casualty on the terrorists. Unfortunately, 2 of our gallant soldiers paid the supreme price, while 7 were wounded in action.
“Due to poor visibility, the number of terrorists killed could not be ascertained for now.
The bodies of the gallant soldiers and those wounded in action are being evacuated while the unit is carrying out mop up operation. It should be noted that the successful repelling of the attack was made possible by support from the Nigerian and Chadian Air Force fighter jets”.
“It was the biggest fight for the troops in recent weeks,” army authorities said.
The statement also added: “The successful repelling of the attack was made possible by support from the Nigerian and Chadian Air Force fighter jets.”
It was learnt that the Chief of Defence staff was on Thursday in the Kangarwa frontline to commend gallant soldiers shortly after it was captured by the troops.
Kangarwa was until recently the strongest stronghold of the sect after their dislodgment from Sambisa and Alagarno.